Learn to Use Wood Ash as Fertilizer and Compost

Close up of a garden trowel being used to spread ash between rows of lettuce seedlings.

Wood Ash Minerals and Trace elements enhance Plant Health and Growth Wood ash is a good source of lime and potassium for your garden as well as many other trace elements that benefit plants. It is best used in moderation, scattered lightly and well mixed into your compost. Wood ash produces salts and lye and … Read more

How to Measure and Adjust pH in Garden Soil

A soil pH meter is used to check the ph level of soil in grow bags.

The pH refers to the amount of hydrogen ions present in soil, and lets gardeners know just how acidic or alkaline their garden is. While some plants thrive in a certain type of soil, they all have a preferred pH range. Learn how to test and adjust your soil, then use our pH range chart to plant gardens that thrive!

Can I Use Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer?

Coffee grounds being applied to a potted tree as fertilizer.

Coffee grounds were once thought to be good only for acid-loving plants, such as tomatoes, blueberries, and some fruit trees. However, a study conducted by Wood’s End Research Laboratory in Maine found that when mixed with other yard waste .. compost … the ph was neutralized. So basically raw straight coffee grinds are not a great idea, … Read more

Is Azomite Good for Plants?

Are you interested in taking your gardening or landscaping to the next level? If so, perhaps you have considered Azomite. Azomite is mined in the Utah desert from the ruins of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is a natural mineral product.  What makes Azomite unique is that it’s versatile as both an organic fertilizer and … Read more

What is The Best Fill Dirt For Drainage?

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Fill dirt refers to the layer of subsoil immediately beneath the topsoil. There are many different fill dirt varieties, which can contain pebbles, sand, and rocks. Fill dirt should not contain any organic material, which can cause the soil to settle over time.  Most often generated during large construction projects, fill dirt is versatile and … Read more

The Best Ways to Amend Clay Soil Without Tilling

A person using a spade to turn soil to mix in compost in a garden.

We all want to have the healthiest looking lawns to help enhance our property and grow produce that’s high quality. When working in our gardens, there are times where we might run into a few problems. When we cultivate our clay soil gardens, it can sometimes become dense and tight, making it hard to work … Read more

Epsom Salts as Fertilizer and Pest Control

A picture of Epsom salt in a glass jar with some leafy garnish laying next to it. Text reads using epsom salt in the garden as fertilizer and pest control.

Discovered in the well water of Epsom, England, from which the name “Epsom” salts is derived it has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments, of people, animals and plants. Epsom salt is comprised of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen and in gardening, it is used to correct a magnesium or sulfur … Read more

Comfrey as Fertilizer: Benefits and How to Make It

Green leaves of a young comfrey plant.

Grow a Fertilizer Factory Comfrey is an ornamental plant, it has no edible applications although herbalists at one time recommended it for some medicinal applications, that is no longer the case. Taken internally it has been shown to cause liver problems. It can be used topically as a salve that is covered elsewhere. Benefits of … Read more

Composting 101: How to Turn Garden Waste into Black Gold

Starting a Compost Pile Compost is decomposing organic matter. It is created by biological processes in which soil-inhabiting organisms break down plant and bio matter, biological decomposition of organic wastes by bacteria, fungi, worms, and other organisms occurring under controlled aerobic conditions. When decomposition is complete, the compost has turned to a dark brown, powdery … Read more